Wight Walks

Full details of the programme are available to members. To join, email our membership secretary. See the Join page for details.

Note: before going on any of these walks please contact the walk leader to say you want to attend and confirm details. If this is your first walk you may email the membership secretary who will provide you with the walk leader’s contact details.

Waverley - trip on the last sea-going paddle steamer

Participation at all these events is at your own risk.

Most of the walks meet at 10:15 am to depart promptly at 10:30 am.

Sat 23 Feb Isle of Wight - Old Railway and Manor House Walk Meet 10:15
for 10:30 start.
3.5 miles Pub lunch Easy Pace
A flat walk across open countryside, passing Merstone Manor. 1 stile that has space to squeeze around it if necessary. No toilets at start or on route. As there is nowhere near to have refreshments we plan to drive a short distance to the Diaryman's Daughter at Arreton.
Sat 23 March  Sandown Marshes IOW(suitable footwear) – ferry linked Meet at Sandown Station 11:10
for 11:20 start
8 miles Picnic lunch Moderate pace. Optional pub meal
Catch the 10:15 Wight Ryder from Portsmouth with a day return to Sandown. See www.southwesternrailway.com for rail connections. Parking in Portsmouth is expensive. Walk across Sandown Airfield for picnic lunch at Bill and Julie’s house then via Alverstone Mead and Sandown Marshes to Brading Station with option of early evening meal at The Yarbridge Inn before catching train back to Ryde or Sandown. Please contact Bill by March 16th to confirm ferry times and/or book a meal. Gentle walkers are welcome to remain with Julie after lunch and get a lift to the endpoint / meal.
Wed 24 April Isle of Wight - Tea shop walk Meet for 1.00pm start 5 miles Easy Pace
Starting at Chessell Pottery Cafe car park. A circular walk of 5 miles leading up to Brook Down. Some road walking. Opportunity of cup of tea at Chessell Pottery at end of walk.
Sat 18 May West Wight: Tennyson Down (ferry linked) Meet at Yarmouth Quay on IOW, approx. 10.45 depending on ferry times Up to 9.5 miles. Picnic lunch. Optional evening meal
Look for others on Wightlink ferry to Yarmouth IOW from Lymington Pier. Angela will meet the group at Yarmouth Quay. Note for those coming by car it is cheaper to park at Brockenhurst, and get the train to Lymington Pier. Bus to Totland Memorial for walk over Headon Warren to Alum Bay. Those who wish can stay on bus for Alum Bay. Walk to Needles Battery (NT) for picnic stop depending on timing and along High Down/Tennyson Down to Freshwater Bay, taking in glorious views (hopefully). Time to paddle. To Café or Angela’s family home St Crispin (PO40 9BH) for tea, then walk along railway track by river to Yarmouth (a lift may be available). Route may vary depending on weather. Optional evening meal at Yarmouth. Contact Angela nearer the time for details of ferry times and by 10 May to book evening meal.
Sat 22 June Isle of Wight Wroxall Meet 10:30
for 10:45 start
2.5 and 4.5miles Pub or picnic lunch
Through to Shanklin on the old railway track 2.5 miles. This part of the walk is flat so anyone can do it. Lunch in Shanklin cafe, pub or picnic. Those who want to leave here can catch the no 3 bus back to Wroxall . We then go through to Luccombe through the land slip and back to Ventnor sea front for tea.4.5miles. Those who want to walk back to Wroxall can do others can catch the bus to collect their cars. My advice would be to park their cars in Ventnor in the morning and catch the bus to Wroxall for £2.50 buses run from Ventnor Boots at 28 minutes past the hour and 2 minutes to the hour. Please contact Chandra for more details.
Sat 13 July Isle of Wight Nightjar walk Meet 7:00pm pub
or 9:00 pm car park
2.5 miles preceded by optional pub dinner
An evening stroll to hear, and hopefully watch, the nightjars on Mottistone Common. Join us for our evening meal at The Sun Inn, Hulverstone or go directly to the car park at the lower end of Strawberry lane. The walk is a gentle gradient and we will spend about 30 minutes watching for the birds. Binoculars, torch and warm windproof clothing, advisable. You may like to bring a white handkerchief. When waved around, male nightjars think it’s another male and may swoop to investigate. Please note, you are unlikely to return home much before 11:00 pm. Contact Dawn by 6 June to book meal, or to let her know to look for you in the car park.
Free parking in the viewpoint car park above Blackgang Chine. Fairly steep climb to the Pepper Pot. Please let Marilyn know by 3 August so she can book lunch at the Wight Mouse Inn Chale.
Sat 31 Aug Isle of Wight - Niton Meet 10.15 for 10:30 start. 4 miles Pub lunch
We meet at the Post Office, Niton High Street. There is usually plenty of kerbside parking in the village. The route has a variety of scenery to enjoy made up of coastal path, farmland, bridleways and footpaths. We can see the top of St Catherine's Lighthouse, sea views and interesting information boards with details about the area. We also visit the village of Whitwell. There is one stile to cross and a few inclines and the walk is described as 'moderate'. Please let Ann know if you require pub lunch before 24 August.
Sat 31 Aug Sarisbury and Locks Heath Meet 10:00
for 10:15 start
9 miles Picnic lunch Moderate pace
Distances are similar for morning and afternoon. In the morning, we walk to Sarisbury on new paths to return via Lower Swanwick and the River Hamble. We have our picnic by the Holly Hill Lakes. In the afternoon, we make extensive use of tarmacked greenways. Any who want a shorter afternoon walk can branch off to the Locks Heath Centre to look at the shops whilst waiting for the main walkers to circle round. We have tea together at Waitrose before seeing Coldeast Mansion on the way back.
Oct 5 Oct Isle of Wight Bembridge Beach Explorer [Ferry Linked for serious walkers] Stuart George Meet 10.45
for 11.00 start
4-5 miles Pub lunch Easy pace
Meet at Bembridge Windmill, then mostly along beach or coastal path so largely flat but gentle hill at end of walk. Please contact Stuart by 28 Sept especially to book meal at the Crab and Lobster and if coming from the mainland. Medium pace. Mainlanders can catch the 9:15 Wight Ryder from Portsmouth and train to Brading for a brisk 2 mile walk to Bembridge Windmill. Transport back to the ferry terminal will be provided.
Sat 14 Dec IOW Christmas Meal plus planning meeting 1:00 pm Walk
3:00 pm planning
5:00 pm meal
Short walk dependent on weather
Meet at 1:00pm, Queen’s Bower, for a short walk. Return for planning / party games followed by meal. Please bring £6 for the meal plus a bottle. Confirm attendance and any food issues by 7 Dec to allow for meal planning